Benjamin Franklin Representative selections, with introduction, bibliograpy, and notes

By Benjamin Franklin

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Dogood Papers, No. XII (1722), 109
Editorial Preface to the _New England Courant_ (1723), 111
A Dissertation on Liberty and Necessity, Pleasure and Pain (1725), 114
Rules for a Club Established for Mutual Improvement (1728), 128
Articles of Belief and Acts of Religion (1728), 130
The Busy-Body, No. 1 (1728/9), 137
The Busy-Body, No. 2 (1728/9), 139
The Busy-Body, No. 3 (1728/9), 141
The Busy-Body, No. 4 (1728/9), 145
Preface to the _Pennsylvania Gazette_ (1729), 150
A Dialogue between Philocles and Horatio (1730), 152
A Second Dialogue between Philocles and Horatio (1730), 156
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Text Comparison with Experiments and Observations on Electricity Made at Philadelphia in America

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Transcriber's note: Text enclosed by underscores is in italics (_italics_).
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At the same time that the wire and top of the bottle, &c.
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_London_.
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_A_, who stands on wax and rubs the tube collects the electrical fire from himself into the glass; and his communication with the common stock being cut off by the wax, his body is not again immediately supply'd.
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The self-moving wheel, though constructed on the same principles, appears more surprising.
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--Experiments may possibly be invented hereafter, to discover this.
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_ as so many prominencies and points, draw the electrical fire, and the whole cloud discharges there.
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56.
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But easiest of all between L, C, M, where the quantity is largest, and the surface to attract and keep it back the least.
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is it of much importance to us, to know the manner in which nature executes her laws; 'tis enough if we know the laws themselves.
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And this is constantly observable in these experiments, that the greater quantity of electricity on the pasteboard tube, the farther it strikes or discharges its fire, and the point likewise will draw it off at a still greater distance.
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it, from a large electrified jar or sheet of glass.
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From the before mentioned law of electricity, that points, as they are more or less acute, draw on and throw off the electrical fluid with more or less power, and at greater or less distances, and in larger or smaller quantities in the same time, we may see how to account for the situation of the leaf of gold suspended between two plates, the upper one continually electrified, the under one in a person's hand standing on the floor.
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You may make this figure so acute below and blunt above, as to need no under plate, it discharging fast enough into the air.
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We cannot lessen or increase its whole quantity, for the quantity it has it holds; and it has as much as it can hold.
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And this can only be done in glass that is thin; beyond a certain thickness we have yet no power that can make this change.
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Place a thick plate of glass under the rubbing cushion, to cut off the communication of.
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